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  • German Church May Take Italian Football Star to Court Over Unpaid Taxes

    03/31/2015 4:18:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/31/15 | Staff Reporter
    Luca Toni reportedly failed to pay church taxes while playing for Bayern Munich in GermanyItalian footballer Luca Toni could be taken to court by the Catholic Church in Germany over unpaid church taxes, according to reports. According to Sport Mediaset, Toni did not pay the Kirchensteuer (church tax) while playing for Bayern Munich from 2007 to 2010 and a trial is now possible as the German Church attempts to claw back around €1.7m. It has has been reported that Toni, who currently play for Hellas Verona in Serie A, was initially registered by his accountant as an atheist, but later...
  • Archbishop Georg Ganswein: 'Pope Francis Is Full of Surprises'

    03/31/2015 4:12:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    In Interview with La Nacion's Elisabetta Pique, Prefect of the Pontifical Household Says Benedict XVI "Impressed" By SuccessorArchbishop Georg Gänswein says Pope Benedict “follows his successor with great attention and sympathy.” The prefect of the Pontifical Household gave an interview to La Nacion's Elisabetta Piqué, which was published on March 21st. The German prelate, who serves as personal secretary to both Pontiffs, said that in a number of ways he and Benedict have been “impressed” by Pope Francis, both as a human being and as a spiritual leader. While acknowledging that the first Jesuit Pope to hail from the Americas...
  • Must Catholicism Be Patriarchal?

    03/30/2015 2:08:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 29, 2015 | FATHER DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Someone was joking recently that the reason the Eastern Orthodox cannot have women bishops is because one can’t call a woman “Patriarch.” Behind the wisecrack is some wisdom, and the existence of women ministers in non-Catholic denominations raises the question of just how patriarchal the Christian religion must be.  Is it necessary to call priests “Father” and refer to the Pope as “Holy Father”? The title “Abbot” comes from the ancient term “Abba-Father,” and “pope” comes from the Greek word pappas — “daddy.” Are these no more than human traditions? Are these just social constructs? Or is the idea of...
  • Joy Comes from Faith, Not Doctrine, Pope Says

    03/30/2015 6:08:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 3/26/15 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God's law is about love for God and for others, not cold, abstract doctrine, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. "It's sad to be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, but only rules and cold doctrine," he said at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae March 26. "The joy of faith, the joy of the Gospel is the touchstone of a person's faith. Without joy, that person is not a true believer," he said, according to...
  • Judge Censors Bible for Public Preaching [UK]

    03/29/2015 10:22:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    A Christian street preacher has been convicted of a Public Order offence for using the wrong Bible verse in a public conversation with a man who identifies as homosexual, reports Christian Concern for our Nation. But the preacher was acquitted of two other Public Order charges. Unusual judgmentIn a highly unusual judgment, Michael Overd, who regularly preaches on the streets of Taunton, was told by the Judge that he should not have referred to Leviticus chapter 20 to make his point but clearly indicated that he could have used chapter 18 of the book. District Judge Shamim Ahmed Qureshi found...
  • Vatican Cardinal to German Bishops: We Can’t Adapt Faith to Times Like Christians Under The Nazis

    03/29/2015 9:49:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/26/15 | Maike Hickson
    ROME, March 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that the Church cannot merely adapt itself to the times as some Christians did in order to support the Nazis. In an interview with the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, Cardinal Kurt Koch firmly (but politely) refuted the proposal of Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, both delegates to the upcoming Synod on the Family, that the Catholic Church has to adjust herself more to the “life realities” of Catholics today, and liberalize its attitude toward remarried divorcees. Cardinal Marx had even...
  • Parents’ Message To San Francisco Archdiocese: Catholic School’s Leaders ‘Not A Good Fit’

    03/28/2015 11:24:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Angry parents at a San Francisco Catholic school say they’ve had enough and two controversial leaders of their school’s church must go. The San Francisco Chronicle reported over 100 parents from the Star of the Sea School in the city’s Richmond District crowded into a meeting with representatives from the Archdiocese of San Francisco Wednesday. Their message was clear: Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor at the school’s church since August and Father Patrick Driscoll, the parish’s parochial vicar, should be removed from their posts. Illo and Driscoll gained attention earlier this year when they initiated new policies...
  • Catholicism in Space: Houston, Do We Have a problem?

    03/28/2015 11:13:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    Twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly (raised Catholic in an Irish-American family) are about to embark on an important scientific experiment on Friday. Scott Kelly will begin spending a year in space on the International Space Station (ISS) while his brother stays back here on earth as a control subject. NASA will be studying how extended time in space changes Scott relative to his brother Mark. Living for an extended time outside the gravity of earth and partially exposed to the radiation of space can impact one’s bones, heart, eyes, muscles, and who knows what else. It’s probably important to...
  • Church of England to have first bishop couple

    03/27/2015 2:48:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 25, 2015
    London (AFP) - The Church of England will have its first husband and wife bishops after nominating Alison White to be the next bishop of Hull on Wednesday. White will become the Church's of England's second female bishop at a ceremony on July 3 in York, the diocese which includes Hull. "This is an adventure I had never imagined setting out on," White said in a statement. "You may have noticed that I am married to a bishop. This may seem excessive! You would think that one in a family is more than enough. "Believe me, this has crossed...
  • The Death Of Catholic Universities In America

    03/27/2015 6:41:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/26/15 | Dominic Lynch
    Catholic universities in America have lost sight of their institutional identities. Only direct intervention from the Vatican can reverse their decline.Catholic universities in America are typically regarded as offering a well-rounded education combined with one of the premier intellectual forces of the West: the Catholic Church, and its vast well of knowledge in almost every discipline. Unlike state-sponsored institutions, which can offer a quality education, Catholic universities have the advantage of a grounded and time-tested moral foundation. This foundation, and the discoveries, advances, and progress it has produced, is unrivaled in any other Western tradition. Secular universities, good though they...
  • The Right to Give Your Kids a Catholic Education

    03/27/2015 6:30:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/25/15 | Grazie pozo Christie
    A salute to Archbishop Cordileone for defending it in San Francisco.California is always a great state to watch, as things that happen there tend to be harbingers for the other 49. In San Francisco, we have the spectacle of an archbishop under attack from several state senators. His offense? Trying to ensure that high-school students in Catholic schools get the Catholic education their parents have freely chosen to give them. Archbishop Cordileone has had the good sense to ask high-school faculty to affirm that they will impart the Church’s social teachings. He’s trying to guarantee that students will receive the...
  • Vatican Cardinal: It Would be ‘Anti-Catholic’ to Let Bishops’ Conferences Decide Doctrine

    03/27/2015 6:25:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    In new interview doctrinal chief Cardinal Müller criticises comments by German bishops' leader Cardinal MarxThe idea that bishops’ conferences can take doctrinal decisions on marriage and the family is “absolutely anti-Catholic”, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said. In an exclusive interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said: “This is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the catholicity of the Church. Episcopal conferences have authority over certain issues, but not a magisterium alongside the Magisterium, without the Pope and without communion with the bishops.” The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...
  • The Case for a Fair, Free and Authentic Synod Debate

    03/26/2015 7:43:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/26/15 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has voiced his opposition to an initiative of nearly 500 priests of England and Wales in which they signed an open letter stating their “unwavering fidelity” to Church doctrine on marriage and the family ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family. The Archbishop of Westminster said in a statement yesterday that their concerns about the synod should be raised with their bishop and are “not best conducted through the press.” But his response is causing considerable concern among some in Rome, and probably elsewhere, who feel that for priests to merely uphold the Church’s teaching in...
  • Irish Association of Catholic Priests Takes Neutral Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

    03/26/2015 4:59:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/25/15 | Staff Reporter
    The organisation has urged priests not to tell their parishioners how they should voteThe Association of Catholic Priests has adopted a neutral position on the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland and urged priests not to instruct their parishioners on how they should vote in May. The group of priests, with a membership of about 1,000, issued a statement saying: “After a consultation with our members, the results of which indicated clearly a wide range of views, the Association of Catholic Priests has decided not to adopt a position in favour or against the marriage equality referendum.” The statement added: “Sexual...
  • Some Cardinals May Fear Blackmail

    03/26/2015 4:45:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 3/24/15 | Phil Lawler
    Almost exactly a year ago, Robert Mickens was suspended from his post as Vatican correspondent for the London Tablet, after he showed his contempt for Pope Benedict XVI with a Facebook comment that he was looking forward to “the Rat’s funeral.” Usually Mickens was more discreet, but that crude comment tells you what you need to know about his perspective. Having subsequently left The Tablet, Mickens now writes for Global Pulse, a web site that views Catholic affairs from a strongly “progressive” slant. There he has posted another revealing comment, this time on the decision by Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien...
  • Fury to Freedom [powerful conversion video]

    03/25/2015 7:13:39 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 1, 2004 | Raul Ries
    Raul as a youth, was a dangerous, violent person who was ready to explode at any moment. This video chronicles the miraculous transformation of a person who was on a road to destruction to a man of God. This is the personal testimony of Raul Ries and how God demonstrates His grace, His love and His mercy. From Christiancinema.com: The true story of Raul Ries finds a young man full of hate and fight, lies and deception, and anger beyond control. This story focuses on Raul's high school days, martial arts experiences, and early years of his marriage. With everything...
  • Exclusive Interview: Cardinal Burke Says Confusion Spreading Among Catholics ‘in an Alarming Way'

    03/25/2015 6:22:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Editor’s Note: Cardinal Raymond Burke spoke with LifeSiteNews Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits in Rome on January 21. We are running the interview along with an article (available here) drawing out some of the cardinal's most significant points. Smits has also published a French version of the interview on her blog.LifeSiteNews: Since the extraordinary synod on the family, we have entered a period of uncertainty and confusion over several “hot-button” issues: communion for divorced and “remarried” couples, a change of attitude towards homosexual unions and an apparent relaxing of attitudes towards non-married couples. Does your Eminence think that this confusion is...
  • A Catholic School Removes Teacher for Defending Faith

    03/25/2015 6:12:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 3/24/15 | Anne Hendershott
    Chesterton once wrote that “War is not the best way of settling differences—but it is the only way of preventing them from being settled for you.” If the Catholic Church is to continue to teach the timeless truths about the dignity of all human persons from conception to natural death, and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, the Church needs to begin to seriously engage in the war that has already been declared against her by those who wish to destroy these teachings. In the past few weeks, there has been an escalation of the attacks...
  • A 'Spiritual Oasis' – Southern Arabian Cathedral Celebrates 50 Years

    03/25/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/23/15 | Antonio Anup Gonsalves
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mar 23, 2015 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish. On March 19, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, said a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. St. Joseph's is the oldest Catholic church in the emirates. Bishop Hinder was joined by more than 30...
  • The ‘African moment’ in global Catholicism gathers steam

    03/24/2015 3:34:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | March 24, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Ghanaian Archbishop Charles G. Palmer-Buckle of Accra, right, shown here with Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Just like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, it’s easier to sort through items in the news when you know what the big picture is supposed to look like. It’s already clear that one of the Catholic megatrends of our time is the coming of age of the Church in Africa, which gives three recent storylines special importance. In late February, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the continent-wide assembly of African bishops, announced the appointment of a...
  • Nearly 500 Priests in England and Wales Urge Synod to Stand Firm on Communion for the Remarried

    03/24/2015 4:05:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/24/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Priests says that doctrine and practice must 'remain firmly and inseparably in harmony'Almost 500 priests in England and Wales have signed a letter urging those attending this year’s family synod to issue a “clear and firm proclamation” upholding Church teaching on marriage. In the letter, published in this week’s Catholic Herald, the priests write: “We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.” Last year’s extraordinary synod provoked heated debate on...
  • A rapid surge of interest in priestly vocations in the Diocese of…

    03/23/2015 1:28:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 18, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A while back I posted about the surge of vocations in the Diocese of Madison under the influence of the Extraordinary Ordinary, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, the diocesan bishop.  It’s a small diocese, but there are more than 30 outstanding men in formation.  This fact has made liberals quiver with anxiety.I received a note from a friend of mine in New York state who is well situated to hear all manner of news. The vocations office in Albany has gone from zero to 120 inquiries from young men of the area. My first reaction is to say, with Henry,...
  • Cardinal Kasper Asks for Prayers for Synod, Saying ‘a Battle is Going On’

    03/23/2015 6:13:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/23/15 | Cindy Wooden
    The cardinal says he hopes the synod would find a 'common answer, with a large majority'Catholics should let their bishops know their hopes and concerns for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, but even more importantly they should pray that the Holy Spirit guides the bishops’ deliberations, Cardinal Walter Kasper has said. “We should all pray for it because a battle is going on,” he said in a speech presenting his new book, Pope Francis’s Revolution of Tenderness and Love, published in English by Paulist Press. Bishops attending the synod, scheduled for October 4-25, will be called to...
  • Pope Francis Gets 300 Homeless People to Distribute 50,000 Pocket Gospels

    03/22/2015 3:50:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 22, 2015 | Linda Bordoni
    Pope Francis holding the pocket-sized volume of the Gospel distributed in St. Peter's Square on Sunday (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says the lives of Christians must be coherent and express faith in action. Speaking to the crowds gathered in a rainy St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope invited all believers to always bear in mind the message of the Gospel, the image of the Crucified Lord, and the need to be witnesses of faith. Calling on Christians to express their faith in action, the Pope also turned to those who have yet to experience an encounter...
  • From Evangelical Protestant to Catholic deacon

    03/21/2015 4:27:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 138 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | March 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    From The Salem News in Massachusetts: If the deacon is a different sort of religious figure for the church, then Chuck Hall, 62, is a different sort of deacon. He came of age as an evangelical Protestant. Only slowly did he gravitate toward conversion, drawn by, of all things, the priest abuse scandals.As one damaging headline followed another, he sensed an imbalance in the treatment of the church. Moreover, he saw the Roman church as at the very foundation of Christianity. While he never faulted the press for following the story, the fierce hostility brought on by the scandals seemed...
  • No sprinklers required: How my church kept homeless people off church steps

    03/20/2015 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 47 replies
    cruxnow ^ | March 19, 2015 | Linda Kaufman
    WASHINGTON — St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco is getting bad press this week over a sprinkler system it installed to keep homeless people from sleeping on church grounds. People are outraged that a church would treat the poor so callously. But St. Mary’s isn’t alone. Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. Here’s what we tried at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. A couple of months ago, we started a dialogue about...
  • Pope Francis: Reckless Blabbermouth or Sophisticated Strategist?

    03/20/2015 7:03:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3/20/15 | Paul Vallely
    His public utterances on all manner of subject may seem scattergun or contradictory, but this pope is playing a long, tactical game It’s a mistake to take too much notice of what the pope says. And funnily enough, he’d be the first to say so. By which I don’t mean that it won’t be worth listening when he makes the speech, announced this week, to the United Nations general assembly in September. Pope Francis is due to publish the Catholic church’s first encyclical on the environment in a couple of months, and he’ll draw on that to argue in New...
  • Polish Bishops Issue Communique Rejecting Holy Communion For Divorced and "Remarried"

    03/18/2015 7:40:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | 3/15/15 | Barona
    The Polish Bishops Episcopal Conference at their Annual Plenary Meeting (368) formally rejected the "Kasper proposal" of giving Holy Communion to Catholics who were sacramentally married, but who had entered into illicit and sinful second "unions". In formally stating their position, the Polish Bishops reject utterly the Adulterist Party of the scandalous and heretical mid-term relatio from last October, 2014, and come down on the side of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His doctrine of the indissolubility of holy matrimony. In doing so, the Bishops remain faithful to Familiaris Consortio which merely reiterated the unchanging and unchangeable truth about Christian...
  • (Pope) Francis: A society without children is sad and bleak

    03/18/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | March 18, 2015 | ACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    Children remind us that “we are always children”, they bring their way of seeing reality, with a “confident and pure” gaze (“they have not yet learned the science of duplicity which we adults have learned”), they can “teach us to smile and cry again”. “Of course they also bring concerns and sometimes many problems, but a society with these concerns and these problems is far better than a society that is sad and gray because it has no children!” This was the crux of Francis’ message at this Wednesday’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.  After reflecting on the different figures...
  • The Priest vs. The Blogger: A Case in Canadian Conflict

    03/18/2015 9:57:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/17/15 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    A four-year-long battle of accusatory e-mails between blogger David Domet and Fr. Thomas Rosica appears to be settled—for now.Over the past several weeks, a curious saga of Priest vs. Blogger has been playing out here in Canada, marked by strong words, assorted accusations, and alleged threats of legal action. This has been accompanied by a steady stream of side-taking and commentary, itself often heated and contentious, indicating deep divisions within the Church in Canada—divisions that have been a source of intense frustration, as revealed in this most recent conflict. In a March 4th post Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica, CEO of...
  • Concerns about Cremation: Some Very Strange Practices Are Emerging

    03/18/2015 7:30:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 118 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Concerns about Cremation: Some Very Strange Practices Are Emerging By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome years ago, the Church gave wider permission for cremation and also lifted traditional restrictions on having cremated remains present in the church for funeral Masses. All of this is pastorally understandable. Very few if any people these days choose cremation for the reasons it had traditionally been forbidden, namely as a denial of the resurrection of the body. Generally the reasons chosen are economic, due to the increasingly high cost of traditional burial and the difficulty, especially in urban areas, of finding room for large cemeteries. The basic norms from the church...
  • The Two Masks of Catholic Relief Services

    03/18/2015 6:24:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 18, 2015 | STEPHEN PHELAN
    Catholic Relief Services is back in the news, this time for charges related to a sex ed program it implemented for the federal government in Kenya. Since such headlines are no longer surprising, some background may be helpful before considering this most recent case.In trying to understand the ongoing controversy regarding “the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States,” there are two primary ways one might err. The first would be to deny that Catholic Relief Services does an incredible amount of good in bringing aid to the poor around the world. The second...
  • Pope to Faithful: 'Do Not Be Afraid of Confession' (Francis promotes Sacrament of Penance)

    03/17/2015 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 77 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 19, 2014 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Reflects on the Sacrament of Penance During General Audience Continuing his catechetical series on the Sacraments, Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which along with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick form what he described the “Sacraments of Healing”. “The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation [...] flow directly from the Paschal mystery,” he told pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. "In fact, the same evening of Easter the Lord appeared to the disciples, closed in the Cenacle, and, after addressing to them the greeting ‘Peace be with you’, he breathed on them...
  • Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

    03/17/2015 3:07:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kevin J. Jones
    St. Patrick, as seen in C.E. Kempe's stained glass in St. John the Baptist parish, Burford, UK. Credit: Lawrence OP via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Washington D.C., Mar 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery. “The pathos of St. Patrick’s description of the fate of his victims is something I think we can identify with now,” said Jennifer Paxton, a history professor who teaches at Catholic University of America’s...
  • Cardinal Tagle: There is No ‘Formula for All’ on Communion for the Divorced and Re-Married

    03/17/2015 4:05:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/17/15 | Rachel Obordo
    Cardinal Tagle was speaking at the Flame 2 Youth Congress earlier this monthThe Archbishop of Manila has said that there is no all encompassing answer to the question of Communion for the divorced and remarried. Speaking to the Catholic Herald at the Flame 2 Youth Congress earlier this month, Cardinal Luis Tagle, said it was not a question of simply saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but that every case should be judged individually. He said: “Every situation for those who are divorced and remarried is quite unique. To have a general rule might be counterproductive in the end. My position at...
  • Russia is Urged to Revive Christianity in Europe - Patriarch Kirill

    03/16/2015 8:44:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/16/15
    Kaliningrad, March 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia speaks of a special role of the Kaliningrad Region in the dialogue between Russia and the West. "The region was organized not only as Russia's strategic outpost urged to prevent "attacks against the East," it should become Russia's spiritual outpost in Europe - not the region most subjected to western influence, but the region, which is ready for dialogue with the West more than others and introducing to this dialogue our spiritual values," the patriarch said on Saturday at the forum of the World Russian People's Council (WRPC)...
  • Man starts church for jerks

    03/15/2015 8:14:21 AM PDT · by piasa · 28 replies
    YORBA LINDA — Walk into Mark Hanson’s church and nobody will greet you. The guys hanging around the foyer might even make fun of what you’re wearing, or your haircut. A sign over the entrance reads, “Grab a seat in the back and shut up. Nobody cares what you think.” Welcome to Jerk Church. “You know these guys,” says Hanson, the pastor and founder. “They sit with their arms folded the whole time, leave during the altar call, criticize the pastor, snort when other people state their opinions and never create lasting bonds of friendship. Their wives are always really...
  • MUSIC FOR GETTING READY FOR CHURCH

    03/15/2015 5:31:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 7 replies
    The Holy Spirit ^ | Marchn 15, 2015 | knarf
    Background while you get ready for church
  • ‘If I Hear One Homophobic Word, I Will Arrest You:’ Street Preacher on Trial for Biblical Preaching

    03/14/2015 8:56:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    Christian News ^ | 3/13/15 | Heather Clark
    TAUNTON, UK – A street preacher in the UK who is charged with making “homophobic” and “Islamophobic” remarks has just completed a two-day trial and awaits a verdict on whether or not biblical speech about the issues is considered a crime in the country. Mike Overd, a street preacher for five years, is accused of speaking against homosexuality and Islam last June and July on two separate occasions. He is now facing two charges of using threatening and abusive words and a charge of causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act. A police...
  • [Military] Chaplain To Be Removed for Warning Against Premarital Sex, Homosexuality

    03/14/2015 8:48:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 3/13/15 | Matthew Archbold
    Just one year short of his retirement and a pension. It could be the guy's a jerk about it but it certainly seems like his warnings about premarital sex and homosexuality are pretty standard boilerplate Christianity. Or at least what was standard Christian beliefs up to a few years ago and is now a fire-able offense. The Military Times reports:
  • Risk Management: Wyoming Catholic College to Decline Federal Student Grants

    03/13/2015 7:41:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/9/15 | Peter Jesserer Smith
    The move highlights the prudential judgments Catholic liberal arts colleges must make if they accept federal funding. LANDER, Wyo. — Wyoming Catholic College has decided to become the second Catholic liberal arts college in the United States to decline federal student loans and grants, citing the current political climate as one of the motivating factors for the move. “It’s a decision for us, not for anyone else,” said Kevin Roberts, president of Wyoming Catholic, noting that other faithful Catholic colleges have come to different prudential judgments based on their own circumstances. Wyoming Catholic, however, is a newcomer on the Catholic...
  • Pope Francis: I Feel Like My Papacy Will Last Only Four or Five Years

    03/13/2015 6:21:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/13/15 | Staff Reporter
    Francis made the remark in his most candid interview to datePope Francis has said that he “did not know what to say” when greeting the world from the balcony overlooking St Peter’s Square after his election two years ago. He made the remark in a candid and wide-ranging interview with the Mexican broadcaster Televisa. In the interview he said he felt his pontificate would be brief and that he did “not mind” being pope, adding: “The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognised, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza.” According to...
  • “War in Heaven”: A review of "The Drop Box"

    03/12/2015 2:48:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 12, 2015 | Nick Olszyk
    MPAA Rating: NR USCCB Rating: NRReel Rating:  (5 out of 5) In the last few years, there have been numerous movies dealing with pro-life topics that have ranged in quality from okay (October Baby, Bella) to pretty good (Juno, Gimmie Shelter), but all failing to hit the bulls-eye directly. The Drop Box hits it dead center, and it does so by simply showing the truth. The Drop Box is a documentary that follows a Korean pastor who builds a sort-of “mailbox” with an alarm for desperate women to anonymously drop off infants instead of abandoning them in the streets,...
  • Ukraine, Pope Francis, Charlie Hebdo: Patriarch Kirill Releases First Wide-Ranging Interview..

    03/12/2015 1:28:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Asia News ^ | 3/11/15 | Nina Achmatova
    The conversation with Tass is dedicated to the themes of Lent, but also to the war in Ukraine, schismatic Orthodox Churches and relations with the Catholic Church.Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill, has released his first interview with a secular magazine, choosing the official news agency Tass. Published on 10 March and dedicated to the period of Lent, the lengthy interview touches on various topical issues: the Mohammed cartoon, the war in Ukraine, relations between the Church and society, and also relations with the Catholic Church. The interview failed to provoke specific comments or clamor...
  • Pope Francis carries his late grandma's words with him every day (Catholic C)

    03/11/2015 7:43:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    EWTN ^ | March 11, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his March 11, 2015 general audience in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/EWTN. Pope Francis said Wednesday that the elderly play a key role in the lives of the youth, and revealed that he still keeps the letter his grandmother wrote him for his ordination in his daily prayer book. “I still treasure the words my grandmother wrote to me on the day of my ordination. I carry them with me to this day inside my breviary,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his March 11 general audience. In the...
  • For the Bishop of Niigata, the 'Hidden Christians' Are an Inspiration to Live Fully One's Faith

    03/11/2015 9:56:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Asia News ^ | 3/10/15
    Between 14 and 17 March, the Japanese Church will honour the Catholics who survived two and a half centuries of persecution in Nagasaki by keeping their strong Catholic beliefs without priests or missionaries. Japan's 'hidden Christians "must leave the history books. The Church of Japan is working to make them living witnesses to inspire today's Catholics," said Mgr Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi. Although evangelisation in Japan is an uphill battle, bearing witness in person to evangelical values is necessary.Niigata (AsiaNews) - The faith of Kakure Kirishitan, Japan's 'hidden Christians, "must leave the history books. The Church of Japan is working to...
  • Cardinal Burke: New Evangelisation Fails Unless Teachings on Traditional Marriage Upheld

    03/10/2015 4:10:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/10/15 | Simon Caldwell
    Cardinal Burke says that 'through sound family life, our society will be transformed'The new evangelisation of Western societies will fail unless the Church succeeds in transmitting its teachings on marriage and the family to Catholics, a US cardinal has said. The success of efforts to convincingly preach anew the Gospel in secularised societies rests on the ability of Catholics to faithfully abide by the Church’s teachings, said Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Knights of Malta. He said the obedient Christian witness of faithful married couples was critical to the renewal of the Church and society and said Catholics must...
  • Tears For Old Notre Dame

    03/09/2015 1:25:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 3/7/15 | Christopher Manion
    On February 25, The Wanderer, America, The Church, and unborn babies everywhere lost a great friend when Charles E. Rice, Professor of Constitutional Law at Notre Dame, crossed the river to receive his eternal reward. A frequent contributor to these pages, Dr. Rice is known worldwide as a pioneer in the front lines of the pro-life movement since its very inception. A Marine all his life (“There’s no such things as an ‘ex-Marine’!”), he personified the motto that motivated his service, his faith, his family, and his life: “Semper Fi.”A graduate of Boston College Law School, Rice began his teaching...
  • The Legacy of John Knox [Calvinist Caucus]

    03/09/2015 6:43:14 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Parking Space 23 ^ | October 28, 2013 | Daniel MtPleasant
    Why is this blog titled “ParkingSpace23”? Because in the burial plot of the great Reformer, John Knox, now lies under a parking space numbered 23 behind St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Knox’s grave is marked by a small, oil-stained plaque in the pavement. Nevertheless, although his burial place is less than honorable, his faithfulness to the Word of God has not been forgotten. We wish to continue his legacy of the bold proclamation of the Truth. In this blog, I want to highlight 7 marks of John Knox’s life which we ought to imitate as we seek to honor Christ....
  • Courses to Start Soon at the Catholic University in Erbil [Iraq]

    03/08/2015 2:32:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 2/27/15 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    University Intends to Stand as Tangible Sign of Help for Iraqi ChristiansThe first courses of Catholic University in Erbil, the capital of Northern Kurdistan, will begin this year. Recently, Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, ordinary of the archdiocese of Erbil and a great supporter of the project, announced in a letter the imminent commencement of activity in four faculties, including a college for studies in business administration, reported Fides. The Chaldean Catholic Church has strongly desired that this college also serve as a form of tangible assistance for young people in the Middle East. In the letter from the patriarchate’s...